DIALOGUE AND CONFLICT PREVENTION
The pillar of Dialogue and Conflict Prevention is central to the implementation of the Strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism. Dialogue is indeed both a goal and a means: it is a goal since it establishes the values of pluralism, acceptance of others and reliance on peaceful means to resolve problems. It is also a means used by civilized democratic societies to deal with their social components. This is linked to the fact that the greater the space of dialogue among individuals and groups, the less likely that conflicts will erupt. Therefore, Dialogue and Conflict Prevention should be seen not only as a stand-alone category, but rather as one in which all the following areas intersect.
POLICIES AND AREAS OF ACTIVITY
Ministry of Education and Higher Education
a. Engage in civic education and the promotion of the concepts of citizenship, social order and the role of state institutions in the prevention of conflicts and violence.
b. Provide training in nonviolent conflict resolution in schools and universities, training in mechanisms and strategies for nonviolent action, as well as engaging in social and civic work.
Ministry of Culture
a. Use locations and heritage and cultural sites as platforms to highlight the culture of peace and renounce violence and extremism.
b. Support cultural events and programs that promote the culture of diversity, respect for difference and citizenship, and allocate funds from art and heritage funds to support artistic and cultural initiatives that call for the rejection of violent extremism and the promotion of a culture of constructive dialogue.
Ministry of Youth and Sports
Develop training programs for young people in the concepts of citizenship, prevention of violent extremism, social integration and respect for national diversity, in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Ministry of Social Affairs
These objectives include a variety of approaches to countering divergence from social norms and tensions that may lead to polarization and conflicts.
a. Supporting the efforts of municipalities and local communities to reduce tensions between Lebanese society and Syrian refugees.
b. Providing support to the poorest families through social programs such as the electronic food voucher, which would lessen the anger and resentment of the poor.
c. Supporting the National Program for the Prevention of Addiction through the provision of training in ways of preventing addiction, adopting community dialogue and mobilizing efforts to promote a culture of dialogue.
d. Organizing individual and family meetings aimed at reconciliation within the family, raising awareness about the role of parents and strengthening family ties.
e. Organizing training sessions for the reintegration and rehabilitation of prisoners before their release and upon their return to their family, in collaboration with Ministry of Justice.
Ministry of the Displaced
a. Complete the deepening of national reconciliation at the national and local levels in order to diminish all forms of divisive and polarizing discourse and narrative by encouraging opportunities for interaction between residents and returnees.
b. Establish non-formal activities for school and university students, including topics of dialogue, conflict resolution and rejection of discrimination, in the same way the Ministry made sure to establish a "safe passage" in the aftermath of the civil war, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Minister of State for Women’s Affairs
Invest in the creation of spaces for social dialogue and trust-building through:
a. Supporting local and community organizations’ efforts to build and maintain safe spaces for societal dialogue that brings together various sectors within society to discuss issues of common interest in order to enhance communication that crosses gender and age barriers.
b. Engaging, supporting and strengthening civil society organizations to allow them to play their role in building peace, promoting a culture of dialogue and democracy, and in policy development and implementation.
Ministry of State for Displaced Affairs
Strengthen the culture of the centrality of the human being, all of whom should be entitled to respect, in recognition of the right of all to their differences.
Ministry of State for Parliamentary Affairs
Organize a national consultative process for dialogue on the role of the legislative authority in preventing violent extremism.